India
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15 days
Duration
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Arrival at Mumbai.Meet to greet and proceed to Saputara. Arrival and check in to the hotel. Saputara is a hill resort, known as abode of serpents.

 

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Mumbai/Ahmedabad
TOUR DURATION 12 Days
TOUR ROUTE Mumbai-Saputara-Baroda-Champaner-Chota Udepur-Ahmedabad-Poshina-Patan-Modhera-Dasada-Zainabad-Bhuj-Gondal-Ahmedabad
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Day 01: Mumbai – Saputara

Arrival at Mumbai.Meet to greet and proceed to Saputara. Arrival and check in to the hotel. Saputara is a hill resort, known as abode of serpents. It can serve as a base a camp for visiting various tribal villages in the area.Transfer at hotels. After visit Saputara museum that provides an insight into the tribes of dang. Overnight at Saputara.
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Day 02: Saputara

After breakfast visit the famous Dangi tribe considered to be the most primitive tribal community of this region. The Bhils –The Bhils constitute the third largest group of India, they are founds in four state mainly Maharastra, Gujrat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.The Gamits – Literary meaning of the word Gamit is the ‘ Village Guard’. In the Bhil village the chief of the village is called as ‘Gamiti’. Anthropologists are of the opinion that Gamits were originally Bhils. Gamits are better educated compared to the majority of the tribal population of Gujarat.
The Warlis – This means that Warli’s are those who cultivated small pieces of land. Their main occupation is agriculture but they also go for labour of any kind and for preparation of cooking coal. Overnight at Saputara.
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Day 03: Saputara – Baroda

After have a breakfast drive to Baroda. Arrival and check in at the hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. After visit The Maharaja Sayajirao Museum – It contains an excellent collection of the famous Akota Bronzes. Akota lies on the western fringes of the city and was the seat of Jain culture in the 5th century.

Overnight at Baroda.

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Day 04: Baroda – Champaner – Chota Udepur

Early morning drive to Chota Udepur. Enroute visit Champaner is an ancient fortified city. Visit Champaner Fort is an ancient fort located at the foothills of Pavagdh. Later visit Jami Masjid – This mosque is a finest examples of the Sultanate architecture of Gujarat. Continue drive to Chotta Udepur. Chotta Udepur has a number of hamlets of the Rathwas, Bhils and other tribals, handicrafts like pottery, arrow crafting, bow making , pithora wall painting etc. Overnight at Chotta Udepur.
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Day 05: Chotta Udepur

After breakfast drive to see the Rathwa and Dhanka tribes in and around the region. Chhota Udepur was the princely state of Chauhan Rajput who ruled much of this tribal Area for many years. It is considered one of most primitive tribal belt of Gujarat. The Rathawa and Dhanaka – The Dhanaka is one of small tribal groups of Gujarat. This tribes migrates from central India, worked as agricultural laborers. After Lunch visit tribal villages like Kol, Kharakwada, Timla, Devhat etc. Visit HAAT, weekly market where we can see many tribal people. Overnight at Chotta Udepur.
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Day 06: Chhota Udepur – Ahmedabad

After breakfast visit tribal Museum of Chotta Udepur. Continue drive to Ahmedabad. Enroute visit VASO tribal village This tribal village is most well known for the buildings made of wood. Arrival at Ahmedabad. Check in at hotel. After visit Ahmedabad sightseeing including Gujarat Vidhyapith’s tribal research institute museum. The museum has an excellent collection of Photos, slides and films related to tribals. It gives a detailed picture of the tribal life of the region.(closed on Sunday and Public Holidays). Visit Calico museum it’s simply finest collection of textiles, clothes, furniture, crafts in the country.The calico museum of Textile is one of the world’s finest collection of antique and modern Indian textile. Gandhi Ashram known as “Harijan Ashram” or “Sabarmati Ashram” because it is situated on the banks of Sabarmati River. This ashram was Gandhi’s headquarters during the long struggle for Indian independence. His ashram was founded in 1915 and still makes handicrafts, handmade paper and spinning wheels. Overnight at Ahmedabad.
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Day 07: Ahmedabad – Poshina

Early morning drive to Poshina and visit tribal villages of Poshina. The village of Poshina is home to a number of artisans the tribal arrow crafters, silver, Potters, blacksmiths and the bazaar is famous for silver tribal jewelry, ORNATE sheathed daggers and terra cotta horses. Around poshina are hamlets of the bhil and garasia tribal communities, know for their colorful Attires and artistic ornaments. Over night at Darbargarh Poshina.
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Day 08: Poshina

After breakfast drive to Danta village (60 kms from Poshina). Visit Dungri Garacia tribes – covering half a dozen endogamous hierarchical sub-tribes calling themselves Garasia or Dungri Garasia. Garasia is very close to Bhil. Due to paucity of good agriculture land there are a few chances of substainable agriculture and animal husbandry. Overnight at Poshina.
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Day 9: Poshina – Patan – Modhera – Dasada

Patan is famous for Patola weaving. The technique used to weave the patola is the rare double ikkat style which involves dyeing both the wrap threads in the pattern of the final fabrics before setting them on the loom. There are wonderful carved images in the inches of the walls of this multi storied step well. It was one of the largest and the most sumptuous structures of its type. It became silted up and much of it is not visible now, except for some rows of sculptured panels in the circular part of the well. A part only of the west well is extant from which it appears that the wall had been built of brick and faced with stone.
Modhera : Built in 1026 ad during the reign of the solanki king bhima -1, modhera Surya mandir marks the peak of revolution in indo-aryan hindu temple form Typology. It is positioned in such a manner that the rising sun rays illuminate the deity in the inner most sanctum sanctorum through the main Entrance at the time of equinox only. Overnight at Dasada.
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Day 10: Dasada

Morning Enjoy Safari at Little Rann Of Kutch viewing rarest wild asses in the region followed by village safari in the evening.

Wild ass sanctuary
The sanctuary is well known for its group of the stale joke brown Asiatic (Wild ass), which does not live else where in Indian lowlands. We can see with Little Rann of Kutch blackbuck (Indian antelope), nilgai or blue bull (India’s largest antelope) and the graceful chinkara (Indian gazelle) are other mammals. The main carnivores of the Little Rann of Kutch are the endangered Indian wolf, desert fox, Indian fox, jackals, desert and jungle cats, and a few hyenas; also we can see during the visits flamingoes, pelicans, ducks, cranes and storks.

Village safari
We can do excursion safari tours of pastoral settlements and villages along the Rann of Kutch. The tours visit the rural Vadiara and Kharapat Rabaris of Dasada, known for their embroideries, the silk-weavers colony at Dasada, and Ambala village of the Bharward shepherds and goatherds. The weaving cooperative at Bajana and other artisans’ workshops can also be included in the tours. Other societies near Dasada are Padhars (primarily fishing people), the Siddis and the semi-nomadic Mirs, Jaths (Muslim herders), Bajanias.

Overnight Rannriders, Dasada.

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Day 11: Zainabad – Bhuj

After Breakfast drive to Bhuj. On arrival, check into hotel and rest for a while. In evening proceed to local market area and collector office to take a permit to visit Banni Tribal area (Please all foreign client to need to obtain the permit). Overnight at Bhuj.
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Day 12: Bhuj

Early morning proceed to Banni Village to see various people like Jat, Harijan, Meghawal and Mutva etc in various villages like Hodka, Ludiya and Dhordo. After visit HODKA village – Hodka is famous for its beautiful embroidery and mud work as much as Leather craft. Both men and women are actively involved in developing the art and craft tradition of the region. Visit LUDIYA village- The main occupations are: monsoon farming, cattle rearing, intricate wood carving, intricate embroidery work, mud-work and wall painting for decorating homes. Harijan men are involved with wood carving, the women take up embroidery and wall-decoration. Visits to DHORDO to see beautiful traditional mud houses (Bhungas) with mirror work and its fine Mutwa embroidery with tiny mirrors. Overnight at Bhuj.
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Day 13: Bhuj

After breakfast drive to Bhujaodi 10 km out off Bhuj, artisans weave thick shawls and blankets on pit looms dug into the of crouch mud houses (Bhungas) decorated with gargomati. Continue proceed to Tundavand to visit Rabari village, around 200 Rabari families live here in around houses. The women are dressed in black wollen clothes. After proceed to Nirona village – A Koli tribal woman in Nirona Village, north of Gujarat. Also visit several artisans and admire their unique crafts like Roghan painting clothes, copper bell making, lacquer work on wood and wollen shawl weaving. Overnight at Bhuj.
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Day 14: Bhuj – Gondal

After breakfast visit Aina Mahal. The palace is surrounded by a small, fortified courtyard built in the 18th century and is located in the old part of the city. The Kutch Museum, once known as the Ferguson Museum, is the oldest museum in the state. It was established in 1877 and has a good collection of artifacts, depicting the history and culture of Bhuj and its surroundings. Continue drive to Gondal (300 kms). on arrival, check into Hotel. Overnight at Gondal.
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Day 15: Gondal – Ahmedabad

In the morning proceed to visit Jetpur 30 kms from Gondal .It is famous for the workshops of block and screen printings and a centre of yarn-dyeing. Continue drive to Ahmedabad and transfer to Airport / Railway station.
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